Sherdog.com learned from sources close to the fighter on Tuesday afternoon that the 25-year-old prospect has been struck with a mouth infection that stemmed from a training injury. Vemola (Pictured) may have to undergo mouth surgery to combat the infection.
It is unknown at this time if the promotion is searching for a replacement for the London Shootfighters product. Vemola’s bout with Cane was slated to air on Spike TV as part of a “UFC Prelims Live” special, alongside a lightweight scrap between Anthony Njokuani and Edson Barboza.
UFC 128 will go down March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and will be headlined by a light heavyweight title tilt between reigning champion Mauricio 'Shogun" Rua and red-hot prospect Jon Jones. The evening’s main event was initially to feature Rua defending his title against Jones’ teammate, Rashad Evans. However, former champ Evans sustained a knee injury in training, and the 23-year-old “Bones” stepped up on short notice to fill the bill.
Vemola was last seen in his light heavyweight debut UFC 122, dominating Seth Petruzelli en route to a first-round TKO victory. That win followed the first loss of Vemola’s career, a unanimous decision defeat to H.I.T. Squad product Jon Madsen in Vemola’s UFC debut. Before entering the UFC, Vemola had been a monster at heavyweight, racking up seven consecutive first-round stoppage victories. Vemola’s loss to Madsen remains the only time he has ever seen the judges’ scorecards.Reader comments are active below. Chime in with an opinion or thought by signing in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo! account. view original article >>
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